Connected Real Estate Magazine - Vol 2 Issue 1 - 44
First Responders gain access to the
network by Priority and Preemption
protocols that allow them to take
over the network on a priority basis as
needed to respond to emergencies.
WHAT IS FIRSTNET?1
Due to communications challenges during the response to the 9/11 terrorist
attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a single,
interoperable network for public safety. Congress established the First Responder
Network Authority (FirstNet) in 2012. It based its mission on public safety's
express concerns and desires.
The purpose of the FirstNet network is to help unify and improve communications
across the U.S. public safety community - including all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories,
and the District of Columbia, as well as rural communities and tribal lands in those
states and territories.
AT&T was selected to build, operate and maintain this network. This is being done as a
Public Private Partnership (PPP), with both government and AT&T providing funding.
FirstNet is intended to be financially self-sustaining. Most of the time the wireless
bandwidth needed to provide public safety emergency communications will be idle.
AT&T is permitted to use the network for commercial purposes when there is no
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FIRE CODES AND FIRST
RESPONDER RADIO BOOSTER
The National Fire Protection
International Code Council (ICC)
developed model fire codes which
require that the quality of first
responder radio signals be as good
inside a building as outside a building.
If the signal within a building is
inadequate, a Booster System must be
installed to meet code requirements.
The codes are enforced by local and state
jurisdictions. There are many variations
in code interpretation and application.
Some jurisdictions have not yet begun
enforcement of these requirements.